Congresswoman Eshoo State Senator Poochigian Honorees at 2004 ANCA Banquet

–Pre-banquet party to kick off fiscal year fundraising

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee of America–Western Region (ANCA-WR) recently announced that Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and California State Senator Charles Poochigian (R-Fresno) will be honored at the 2004 Annual Banquet.

ANCA-WR Chairman of the Board of Directors Raffi Hamparian praised the honorees saying–"Congresswoman Eshoo and Senator Poochigian are role models and exemplary public officials in their respective bodies. They have brought great pride to Armenian Americans and we are extremely grateful for their hard work."

The Annual Banquet will be held at the Ritz-Carlton–Huntington Hotel in Pasadena on Sunday–October 24. The largest event of its kind that brings Armenian Americans together with a large number of federal–state and local public officials–the Banquet annually draws over 750 individuals–including a long list of dignitaries. Last year’s event was no exception–and with this year’s guest list packed with high profile figures–tickets sales are already heating up.

The ANCA-WR Banquet is attended annually by prominent Members of Congress–State Legislators–Mayors–academics–and a vast number of Armenian American political activists.

"The Banquet continues to get better with each passing year–with more dignitaries–better venues–and an amazing list of honorees," commented ANCA-WR Executive Director Ardashes Kassakhian. "If you haven’t been to an Annual Banquet–then you must attend. If you’re an activist or supporter interested in politics–helping the Armenian Cause–and meeting exciting and interesting people–then this is your event," added Kassakhian.

The annual pre-Banquet Kickoff Party will be at the elegant Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles–on Thursday–September 16–at 7:30 PM. The Kickoff Party generally attracts those interested in reserving tables for the Annual Banquet. The complimentary event is part of ANCA-WR tradition marking the beginning of the fundraising drive leading up to the Annual Banquet.

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